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Victoria Cross Recipients Historical Markers

Markers associated with recipients of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for valor which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of Great Britain and the British Commonwealth.
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By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), April 18, 2021
Beyond the AEF Marker
1 District of Columbia, Washington, Northwest Washington, Federal Triangle — Beyond the AEF
The American Expeditionary Forces were the soldiers and marines who fought on the Western Front in France and Belgium. But many other Americans served in the war. While the United States initially remained neural, thousands of Americans . . . Map (db m171283) HM
2 Maryland, Baltimore, Canton Industrial Area — Liberty Ship S.S. John W. Brown
S.S. John W. Brown Built for U.S. Maritime Commission Hull No. 312 by Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Inc. Baltimore, Maryland September 1942 Map (db m145656) HM WM
3 Pennsylvania, Cumberland County, Carlisle, Middlesex Township — Gold BeachLiberation Pointe
Gold Beach was in the center of the Allied landing beaches and was divided into four sectors: "How," "Item," "Jig," and "King." 25,000 soldiers from the British 50th Division and the No. 47 Royal Marine Commandoes assaulted Gold Beach. The . . . Map (db m217141) HM
4 New Brunswick, Albert County, Riverside-Albert — War MemorialLest We Forget — "Their Name Liveth Forever More" —
[front] In grateful remembrance of all those who served in past conflicts In memory of those who gave all Boer War 1899-1902 • W.W.I 1914-1918 W.W.II 1939-1945 • Korean 1950-1953 At the going down of the sun and in the morning, . . . Map (db m106865) WM
5 Ontario, Cochrane District, Iroquois Falls, Porquis Junction — Sergeant Aubrey Cosens, V.C.1921-1945
Born in Latchford and raised near Porquis Junction, Cosens enlisted in the Argyle and Sutherland Regiment, Canadian Active Service Force, in 1940 and transferred to the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada in 1944. Early on February 26, 1945, his unit . . . Map (db m217896) HM
6 Ontario, Essex County, Windsor — Original Home of Major F.A. Tilston V.C. Armoury
This armoury was named after Major Fred Tilston, a true military hero of this community. Maj. Tilston, a member of the Essex Scottish, was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award for bravery, for his exploits at the Battle of Hochwald Forest . . . Map (db m42292) HM
7 Ontario, Hamilton, Beasley — John Weir Foote Armoury/ Le Manège Militaire John Weir Foote Armoury
JOHN WEIR FOOTE ARMOURY The north section of this building (1887-1888) is a rare surviving example of the second wave of armoury construction in Canada. Designed by Henry James, it exemplifies the replacement of earlier wooden . . . Map (db m218780) HM
8 Ontario, Hamilton, Beasley — The Lieutenant-Colonel John Weir Foote, VC CD Armoury
The Lieutenant-Colonel John Weir Foote, VC, CD Armoury This armoury is dedicated to the memory of Lieutenant-Colonel john Weir Foote. VC. CD. padre of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry. padre Foote was awarded the Victoria . . . Map (db m222052) HM
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9 Ontario, Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Gananoque — Private John Henry (Harry) BrownVictoria Cross — Born Gananoque 9 May 1898 Died of wounds 17 August 1917, age 19 —
John Henry Brown enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 18 August 1916 and reported to the 10th battalion in France in late June 1917. On 15 August his unit captured Hill 70, just east of Vimy Ridge. But on 16 August it was . . . Map (db m90007) HM
10 Ontario, Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Gananoque — Pte. Harry Brown, V.C.
Erected by Branch no. 92 Royal Canadian Legion on Nov. 11, 1967, in honoured memory of 226353 Pte. Harry Brown, V.C. Born at Gananoque on 9 May, 1898, and laid down his life for his country at Hill 70 in France on 17 August, 1917. . . . Map (db m207490) HM WM
11 Ontario, Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Maitland — Lieut.-Col. Thain Wendell MacDowell, V.C., D.S.O.1890-1960
Born in Lachute, Québec, MacDowell moved to Maitland in 1897. He attended local schools and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1915. During World War I, he enlisted, on January 9, 1915, in the 38th Battalion, C.E.F. On April 9, 1917, during . . . Map (db m89999) HM
12 Ontario, Niagara Region, St. Catharines — Lance Corporal Fred Fisher, V.C.1894 - 1915
Born in St, Catharines, Fred Fisher abandoned his studies at McGill University when World War I broke out and served with the 13th Battalion, First Division, Canadian Expeditionary Force. Fisher was awarded the Victoria Cross for his exceptional . . . Map (db m76094) HM WM
13 Ontario, Norfolk County, Simcoe — Sergeant Frederick Hobson, V.C.1873-1917
An Englishman, Frederick Hobson emigrated to Canada in 1904 after serving in the South African War. Hobson, who had been an employee of Canadian Canners, was one of the first to enlist in Simcoe for the First World War. He joined the 39th Regiment . . . Map (db m217588) HM
14 Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — The Major Christopher Patrick John O'Kelly, VC Armoury
This Armoury is dedicated to the memory of Major Christopher Patrick John O'Kelly, VC, MC of the 52nd (New Ontario) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. The then Captain O’Kelly was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at the Battle of . . . Map (db m227998) HM WM
15 Ontario, Timiskaming District, Latchford — Sergeant Aubrey Cosens, V.C.A Magnificent Canadian — 1921-1945 —
Born in Latchford and raised near Porquis Junction, Cosens enlisted in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, Canadian Active Service Force, 1940 and transferred to the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada in 1944. Early on February 26, 1945, his . . . Map (db m208559) HM WM
16 Ontario, Toronto, Grange Park — Canadian Airmen Monument
Panel 1: Per Ardua Ad Astra In Memory of our Canadian Airmen who fought in the Skies to preserve freedom and order in the world. Panel 2: Canadian Airmen Awarded the Victoria Cross World War I: William . . . Map (db m57901) HM
17 Québec, Rimouski-Neigette, Rimouski — Les Fusiliers du St-LaurentLe soldat de la cote / The Soldiers of the Coast — Parcours historique et maritime / Maritime and history route —
Le 9 avril 1869, suite à la Confédération, la première unité canadienne-française est formée; elle est composée de deux bataillons provisoires : celui du Témiscouata et celui de Rimouski. Le 1er novembre 1920, suite à diverses . . . Map (db m127288) HM
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18 Saskatchewan, Moosomin No. 121, Moosomin — Harry Mullin
Homesteaded at this location Awarded the Victoria Cross for valour at Passchendaele, Belgium October 30, 1917Map (db m200678) HM
19 Ireland, Munster, County Kerry, Kenmare — War of Independence1919-1921 — Kenmare Heritage Town —
In onóir gaisigh Óglaigh na hÉireann agus laochra Cumann na mBan a throid ar son Saoirse na hÉireann a tógadh an leacht chuimhneacháin seo. Erected in honour of the men of Óglaigh na hÉireann and the women of Cumann na . . . Map (db m139673) HM WM
20 New Zealand, Auckland, Central Business District — Lord Freyberg Statue
Lord Freyberg V.C., G.C.M.G., K.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O. 1889 – 1963 Commander of the Second New Zealand Division 1939 – 1945 Governor-General of New Zealand 1946 – 1952 This memorial has been donated by returned servicemen to the citizens of . . . Map (db m223831) HM
21 South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Elandskraal, Rorke's Drift — Fugitives Drift MemorialMelvill and Coghill Monument
Upper Marker, Front:For Queen and Country Jesu Mercy Upper Marker, Reverse: In memory of Lt. and Adjt. Teignmoth Melvill and Lt. Neville J. A. Coghill, 1st., 24th. Regiment who died on this spot . . . Map (db m91732) HM WM
22 United Kingdom, England, Berkshire, Windsor — The Royal Borough During The First World War 1914-1918
2014-2018 marks the centenary of the First World War, which claimed the lives of over 16 million people across the globe. Millions of men fought on land, at sea and in the air. This remembrance garden was created as a space for reflection in . . . Map (db m230053) HM
23 United Kingdom, England, County Durham, Durham — For ValourDurham Light Infantry
Durham Light Infantry For Valour Pte. J. Byrne, D.C.M.   Crimea 1854 Capt. T. de Courcy Hamilton.   Crimea 1855 Sgt. J. Murray.   New Zealand 1864 Pte. T. Kenny.   France 1915 Lt. Col. R.B. Bradford. M.C.   France 1916 Pte. M.W. . . . Map (db m126173) HM WM
24 United Kingdom, England, County Durham, Durham — The Durham Light Infantry
1758     1968 The Durham Light Infantry Dedicated to All Who Served in the Regiment And in Memory of Those Who Gave Their Lives In the Cause of Freedom Faithful ( side plaque ) The Regiment’s long connection with County . . . Map (db m126171) HM WM
25 United Kingdom, England, Dorset, Blandford Forum — Jack Counter VC
Jack Counter VC Born and died in Blandford Forum 3rd November 1898 — 16th September 1970 16h April 2018 marks the centenary of the actions carried out by Private Jack Thomas Counter of the King's Liverpool Regiment near Boisieux St. Marc, . . . Map (db m123577) HM WM
26 United Kingdom, England, Greater London, City of Westminster — Chindit Memorial
[Front:] The Chindit Badge Portraying a Chinthe, A Mythical Beast, Guardian of Burmese Temples from which was derived the name Chindits, their motto being The Boldest Measures Are The Safest In Memory Of All Who . . . Map (db m111474) HM WM
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27 United Kingdom, England, Hampshire, Odiham — Brigadier Manley Angell James VC DSO MBE MC1896-1975
Was born & lived in this house. He received gallantry awards in both World WarsMap (db m232550) HM WM
28 United Kingdom, England, Hampshire, Odiham — Brigadier Manley James VC,DSO,MBE,MC (1896-1975)Manley James Close
Born in this parish he was awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous gallantry in 1918 whilst serving as a Company Commander in the 8th (Service) Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment in France.Map (db m232531) HM WM
29 United Kingdom, England, Hampshire, Odiham — The Reverend William Addison VC (1883-1962)Addison Gardens
Born in this parish he was awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery in 1916 whilst Chaplain to the 6th (Service) Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment in Mesopotamia.Map (db m232370) HM WM
30 United Kingdom, England, Plymouth — Tribute of Plymouth
Tribute of Plymouth To Her Glorious Dead 1914 – 1918   1939 – 1945 They Are In Peace For God Proved Them And Found Them Worthy For Himself Within This Shrine Is Deposited the Roll of Honour Inscribed With The Names of . . . Map (db m123947) WM
31 United Kingdom, England, Tyne and Wear, Newcastle upon Tyne — Victoria Cross Recipients
In Remembrance of, and Respect for, those Born in Newcastle upon Tyne Who have been Awarded the Victoria Cross for Valour. This Memorial was erected by Newcastle City Council on behalf of the People of the City. Private . . . Map (db m126501) HM WM
32 United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Belfast — James Joseph Magennis1919 ~ 1986
This memorial honours Belfastman & former H.M.S. Ganges Boy (1935 DJX 144907) Leading Seaman Magennis who while serving as the diver in H.M. Submarine XE111 was awarded the Victoria Cross for . . . Map (db m133977) WM
33 United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Belfast — Leading Seaman James Magennis, VC1919-1986
Submariner Born in Belfast ——————————— Acting Leading Seaman James Joseph Magennis VC, Royal Navy Was born in Belfast Awarded the VC for his action on 31 July . . . Map (db m135308) HM WM
34 United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Causeway Coast and Glens, Bushmills — Sgt. Robert Quigg
Dedicated to the memory of Sgt. Robert Quigg, 12th Battalion R.I.R. who won the V.C. at the Battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916 Died 14th May 1955Map (db m70774) HM WM
35 United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Fermanagh And Omagh, Enniskillen — German 21cm Mortar, 1918
Captured during the Great War 1914-1918 Presented in commemoration of the award of the Victoria Cross on 29th October, 1914 to Lieutenant J.A.O. Brooke 2nd Battn. The Gordon Highlanders "For conspicuous bravery and great . . . Map (db m72647) HM WM
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36 United Kingdom, Scotland, Highland, Dingwall — Sergt. John Meikle
In Memory of Sergt. John Meikle V.C.M.M. Late Clerk at Nitshill Station Who Enlisted in H.M. Forces (Seaforth Highlanders) 8th February 1915 During the Great War and was Killed In Action on 20th July 1918 Erected by His Railway . . . Map (db m127327) WM
37 United Kingdom, Scotland, Highland, Spean Bridge — The Commandos1940-45
In the summer of 1949 when Britain's fortunes in World War II were at their lowest ebb and an enemy invasion was threatened Winston Churchill boldly ordered the raising of an elite force to raid the enemy-held coastline of Europe and regain the . . . Map (db m85790) WM
38 United Kingdom, Scotland, Moray, Lossiemouth — Lossiemouth War Memorial
To the Memory of the Men of Lossiemouth And the Landward Part of the Parish of Drainie Who Died in the Service of their Country during the War 1914 — 1919 — Not in Vain Seaforth Highlanders Capt. Edwards G.E.   D.S.O. · Capt. . . . Map (db m128162) WM
39 United Kingdom, Scotland, Moray, Lossiemouth — Markers in James Square
David West Raymond (1868 – 1936) is best known for his local Moray seascapes and landscapes in watercolour. James Ramsay MacDonald was born in poverty in Lossiemouth in 1866. He became Britain’s first Socialist Prime Minister in 1924 and . . . Map (db m128160) HM
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Sep. 21, 2023